STFC Food Network+ Extension

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Management School

Abstract

STFC Food Network+ (SFN 1.0 hereafter) brought together STFC researchers and facilities with research and industry in the agri-food sector (>700 members with >80 non-academia). The network has built an interdisciplinary community including NERC, ESRC and BBSRC-funded researchers, working to provide a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious and affordable high-quality food using less land, with reduced inputs, in the context of global climate change and declining natural resources. SFN 1.0 has kick-started innovative interdisciplinary projects providing key opportunities for the research community, industries and policy makers, making a meaningful contribution to the food system. It has supported over 40 small projects covering areas such as forecasting crop yields using SENTINEL data, radio astronomy; investigating the microstructure architecture of snacks and arsenic in rice using Diamond and ISIS facilities; assuring the authenticity of fruit juices and high value products such as avocadoes, packaged salads through Raman Spectroscopy and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry; predicting successful cattle pregnancy through IR Thermography and the application of Blockchains for food safety and cryogenics to food supply chains to reduce food waste.

STFC Food Network+ Extension (hereafter SFN 2.0) offers exceptional value to the STFC by building on and substantially extending existing investments on SFN 1.0 that have proven themselves highly capable of wide-ranging user engagement with STFC CAPABILITIES in (a) data science, (b) technology and (c) facilities for better understanding and addressing food challenges in via THEMES of (i) Sustainable production, (ii) Resilient supply chains and (iii) Improved Nutrition and Consumer Behaviours. Over the life of the SFN 2.0, it will galvanise the research community in the UK and beyond to deliver new models of interdisciplinary, co-designed, user-engaged research through a GIVE framework:

Globalisation: While continuing to have focus on STFC core capabilities in the UK, the SFN 2.0 would aim to create an impact by globalising STFC capabilities across the targeted international countries and widening Network+ membership and partnerships of SFN with global partners.

Impact-led projects: Leveraging on the innovative project initiation by SFN 1.0 (14 of which included industry participation) and its relations with multiple policy and business stakeholders, SFN 2.0 will provide platform to further realise impact on ground by co-developing and perhaps also co-funding impact-driven projects of national importance with non-academic beneficiaries. SFN 2.0 will also focus on new area of research in all the food themes including but not limited to smart farms, palm oil, aquaculture, permaculture, insects, cultured meat, innovative production systems such as hydroponics, vertical farming and food for space stations, food safety, transparency, diets for healthy ageing population, acceptance of new healthy/ innovative products, alternative proteins whilst reducing waste and demands on land, energy and water.

Visibility: While continuing to focus on increasing its visibility within the UK, SFN 2.0 would aim to highlight the core capabilities of STFC by leveraging on its expertise in high speed computing, thermal engineering, big data analytics, sensor technologies, Blockchain and other disruptive technologies internationally through regular knowledge exchange activities, partner visits, and STEM activities.

Early Career Enhancement: SFN 2.0 will engage early career researchers from STFC and food research to build capacity for long-term sustainability of SFN. Involve existing STFC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) as well as with food industry/ policy/ international organisations for providing secondment or internship opportunities to early career researchers (PhDs/ Post-doc/ Lecturers - both UK and international) in one of the SFN themes.

Planned Impact

The main pathway to impact of the SFN 2.0 is to advance the existing SFN network and collaborations between STFC researchers and food researchers (including those in industry) to tackle problems in global food security: (1) Increasing Sustainable production, (2) Developing the Resilient supply chain, and (3) Improving nutrition and changing consumer behaviour. This network extension will focus on increased visibility and networking of the existing SFN, as well as improvement of SFN engagement for early career researchers and STEM students/teachers. At an early stage we will work to identify demand among participants for particular outputs and activities, and by mapping potential pathways to impact. Using the Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis method, we will take a systematic strategic approach to building robust and lasting communities of knowledge and practice and inspiring positive behaviour change.

While the core focus of SFN2.0 will remain in the UK, due to the international expansion of SFN 2.0 there will be new benefits to the international interdisciplinary research community; particularly to stakeholders and researchers in developing partner countries (e.g. starting with Thailand, Philippines, Ethiopia, Ghana). Benefits will be realised through international knowledge exchange, international showcase events, invited talks, sandpits, scoping and follow-on projects. This boarding of international partnerships and scope allows SFN2.0 to have positive impact on the research agenda for the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, especially 2. Zero Hunger; 3. Good Health and Wellbeing; 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities; 12. Responsible Consumption and Production; and 13. Climate Action.

The Impact and Outreach Manager (Reynolds, Sheffield) will co-ordinate (overseen by PI) Impact alongside structures and mechanisms already in place at the Investigator Universities to facilitate impact, including both public and business engagements, and commercialisation teams.
IMPACT OBJECTIVES are measurable and linked to Network objectives
1. Increased number of network members, including 1) Global, 2) Industry (Businesses and Policy), 3) STFC and 4) ECR members.
2. Increased number of STFC skills, facilities and, methods used within co-designed interdisciplinary collaborations and research projects.
3. Increased number of co-designed projects that address the priorities of 1) ISCF, UKRI, Innovate UK, Defra, FSA, Environment Agency and Department for International Trade, 2) the Sustainable Development goals. 3) civil society sector.
4. Increased numbers of skill-building and training opportunities. 1) in the UK, and 2) Internationally.
5. Increased citation and references to SFN 1.0 and 2.0 funded research and activities in policy documents (within UK and internationally).
6. Increased engagement with STEM ambassadors and schools events.

There is funding available to Network Management Group and Champions to hold activities and generate Impact.

ENGAGEMENT WITH INDUSTRY. This Network Extension has been co-designed to build on the ongoing SFN work with industry, and will expand the industrial network to global supply chains.
ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT. This research has been co-designed in part to complement the UK Government strategies and commitments, and to provide specific evidence needs for Defra, FSA, HMRC, PHE etc.
ENGAGEMENT WITH UKRI. This research has been co-designed to be linked to existing other UKRI networks including BBSRC-Global Food Security, the ESRC Internet of Food Things Network Plus, AHRC US-UK Food Digital Scholarship network, Catapult, Agri-Tech Centres, Quadram Institute, and the UK Data Service. These links will ensure effective two-way knowledge exchange with UKRI organizations.
PLANNED ENGAGEMENT WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS via existing gateway stakeholder networks including Defra, FSA, N8Agrifood, FCRN and FRC networks.

Organisations

Publications

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Menon M (2020) Do arsenic levels in rice pose a health risk to the UK population? in Ecotoxicology and environmental safety

 
Description EFRA: Written evidence submitted by the STFC Food Network+ 2.0 (COV0152)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact SFN Team published an article on: Written evidence submitted by the STFC Food Network+ 2.0 (COV0152) against EFRA's national consultation on the Impact of Covid 19 on Food Supply Chains. This evidence was based on the relationship we developed during 21st Century Abattoir Reviews with FBOs, FSA, and other regulatory bodies.
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/5487/pdf/
 
Description Birkbeck University London - Scoping Project 17 
Organisation Birkbeck, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Using STFC Technology to Create a Novel Digital Platform to Integrate Fish Farmers and Customers in Ghana). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Brunel University - Scoping Project 7 
Organisation Brunel University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Preservation and Visualization of African Indigenous Knowledge for Resilient Food Systems). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Cranfield University - Scoping Project 8 
Organisation Cranfield University
Department Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Feasibility studies on using neutron and Raman spectroscopy to evaluate physical and chemical characteristics of novel green fertilisers). The collaboration involves scientists at STFC Facilities and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description De La Salle University - Int Advisory Group 
Organisation De La Salle University
Country Philippines 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A representative from this organisation sits of the International Advisory Board for the STFC Food Network+. We have provided regular updates to them and sought their advice to steer the focus of our international activities.
Collaborator Contribution The representative has attended International Advisory Group meetings, made suggestions to help guide the international activities of the network, and promoted the network to new members in their country/region.
Impact Increase in network membership
Start Year 2020
 
Description Defra 
Organisation Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have welcomed representatives from Defra onto the steering committee for the STFC Food Network+ Phase 2. We have held regular meetings with representatives at Defra to align our objectives with their own (i.e. to achieve policy continuity).
Collaborator Contribution Representatives from Defra are on the Steering committee for the STFC Food Network+ and have provided overnight and guidance of our activities. We have also held regular meetings to discuss Defra providing additional funding to the network.
Impact This has resulted in an additional funding commitment to the STFC Food Network+ to fund 2 scoping projects (£16k) in 2020/21.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Ethiopian Space Science and Technology - Int Advisory Group 
Organisation Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A representative from this organisation sits of the International Advisory Board for the STFC Food Network+. We have provided regular updates to them and sought their advice to steer the focus of our international activities.
Collaborator Contribution The representative has attended International Advisory Group meetings, made suggestions to help guide the international activities o the network, and promoted the network to new members in their country/region.
Impact Increase in network membership from the region
Start Year 2020
 
Description FSA 
Organisation Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Representatives from FSA are on the steering committee for the STFC Food Network+ Phase 2. We have held regular meetings with representatives to align our objectives with their own (i.e. to achieve policy continuity). Our team have produced a review report for FSA that highlights the gaps in regulatory departments and opportunities where STFC could contribute.
Collaborator Contribution FSA representative has provided oversight and guidance of our network's activities. We have also held regular meetings to discuss the FSA providing additional funding to the network. FSA also facilitated visits to all the abattoirs we visited for the review process for 21st Century Abattoirs.
Impact Agreement to provide additional funding to support additional pump-priming projects (around £30k)
Start Year 2019
 
Description Geospatial Information Institute, Ethiopia - International Advisory Group 
Organisation Geospatial Information Institute Ethiopia
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution A representative from this organisation sits of the International Advisory Board for the STFC Food Network+. We have provided regular updates to them and sought their advice to steer the focus of our international activities.
Collaborator Contribution The representative has attended International Advisory Group meetings, made suggestions to help guide the international activities o the network, and promoted the network to new members in their country/region.
Impact Increase in membership for the network
Start Year 2020
 
Description Go4Fresh - Scoping Project 9 
Organisation Go4Fresh, India
Country India 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Virtual marketplace for urban micro enterprises & small farmers growing fresh fruits & vegetables in India). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Huduma Limited - Scoping Project 1 
Organisation Huduma Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project. It has also delivered several workshops to increase awareness of their work and of the STFC Food Network+
Impact The funding provided for this project has supported a multidisciplinary collaboration between data scientists, astrophysicists and food researchers. It has result in several KE workshops and engagement with industry.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Institute for Sustainable Food 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Institute for Sustainable Food
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield has provided two steering committee members for the STFC Food Network+. We have jointly funded 2 further pump prime projects as a result of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Steering committee members on the STFC Food Network+. We have jointly funded 2 further pump prime projects as a result of this collaboration.
Impact We have jointly funded additional pump prime projects worth £16k
Start Year 2020
 
Description International Astronomical Union - SFN International Advisory Group 
Organisation International Geographical Union
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A representative from this organisation sits of the International Advisory Board for the STFC Food Network+. We have provided regular updates to them and sought their advice to steer the focus of our international activities.
Collaborator Contribution The representative has attended International Advisory Group meetings, made suggestions to help guide the international activities o the network, and promoted the network to new members in their country/region.
Impact An increase in international members to our network.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Kwame Nkrumah Uni of Science & Tech - Int Advisory Group 
Organisation Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A representative from this organisation sits of the International Advisory Board for the STFC Food Network+. We have provided regular updates to them and sought their advice to steer the focus of our international activities.
Collaborator Contribution The representative has attended International Advisory Group meetings, made suggestions to help guide the international activities of the network, and promoted the network to new members in their country/region.
Impact Increase in network membership
Start Year 2020
 
Description Lancaster University - Scoping Project 13 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Learning from each other to cope with crisis: Utilising insights from COVID-19 on health and sustainability). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description NRI/University of Greenwich - Scoping Project 16 
Organisation University of Greenwich
Department Natural Resources Institute Greenwich
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Developing Price Risk-Protected Warehouse Receipt System in Promoting Resilient Food Supply Chains in Africa). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Nottingham Trent University - Scoping Project 19 
Organisation Nottingham Trent University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Assessing the Feasibility of IoT Precision Data Solution for Vertical Farming). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Open University - Co-Is Geraint Morgan & Stephen Sergeant 
Organisation Open University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+, jointly attended bi-monthly meetings to discuss network matters.
Collaborator Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+ attending regular meetings and steering the focus on network activities.
Impact This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k).
Start Year 2020
 
Description RAL Space 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SUMS (Sheffield University Management School) is leading WP1 and contributing to the data collection in India for RAL Space WP (i.e. WP2b) thermal profiling of the material used within the supply chains from farm to retail (and informal market i.e. vegetable hawkers in India), so that they can perform thermal modelling and lab experiments at RAL Space. This collaboration was established in 2018 through STFC Food Network+ scoping project focusing on Role of Space Thermal modelling and Cryogenics to reduce food loss in India.
Collaborator Contribution STFC RAL Space is the lead organization for this collaboration and also provides for the following contributions from RAL Space, ASTEC, and Hartree (i) thermal engineering expertise (ii) cryogenic expertise and (iii) data science expertise (big data analytics, artificial intelligence). RAL Space have participated in field trips (January 2020); gathered material samples and made thermal property measurements; reviewed the current state of the art of thermal supply chains and considered options. Supply chain mapping inputs from WP1 and field trip data collection are used to refine these options. Field trip data collection was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.
Impact This is a multidisciplinary collaboration. We are still in data collection phase. A joint publication is in preparation, working title "Agri-Food Cold supply Chain Vis-a-Vis Cryogen as an Eco friendly Refrigeration under Indian Context" (RAL Space, Jadavpur University, Linde India, IIT Madras).
Start Year 2019
 
Description STFC - Steering Committee Members 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have maintained regular contact with the STFC representatives that sit on our steering committee enabling them to provide oversight and guidance on network activities and gain access to relevant contacts at STFC (who are crucial to the core work of the network and act as key members of our pump prime projects).
Collaborator Contribution Several representative from STFC (Peter Allan, Bryan Shaughnessy, Brian Matthews, Tom Kirkham) are on the STFC Food Network+ Steering Committee, and have provided oversight and guidance on network activities.
Impact This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k).
Start Year 2020
 
Description Sheffield Management School - Scoping Project 15 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Food Access: Distributed ledger technology (DLT) integration for optimising food supply chain communications and transport ). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Swansea University - Scoping Project 3 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by the STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project on Food Access during a pandemic. Collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Thammasat University - Int Advisory Group 
Organisation Thammasat University
Country Thailand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A representative from this organisation sits of the International Advisory Board for the STFC Food Network+. We have provided regular updates to them and sought their advice to steer the focus of our international activities.
Collaborator Contribution The representative has attended International Advisory Group meetings, made suggestions to help guide the international activities of the network, and promoted the network to new members in their country/region.
Impact Increase in network membership
Start Year 2020
 
Description UGM Indonesia - Scoping Project 18 
Organisation Gadjah Mada University
Country Indonesia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Building Smart urban Farming data systems: A Case study). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description UWE - Scoping Project 10 
Organisation University of the West of England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Identifying and examining COVID-19 pandemic effect on consumers' concerns and behaviours in the food supply chains). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Durham - Scoping Project 4 
Organisation Durham University
Department Astronomy & Astrophysics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Hyperspectral Infrared Imaging for Precision Soil Moisture Mapping). The collaboration involves data scientists, technologists, and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Greenwich - Scoping Project 11 
Organisation University of Greenwich
Department Natural Resources Institute Greenwich
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Identification of umami taste markers in microalgae-based novel food ingredient). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Hull - Co-I Nishikant Mishra 
Organisation University of Hull
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+, jointly attended bi-monthly meetings to discuss network matters.
Collaborator Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+ attending regular meetings and steering the focus on network activities.
Impact This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k).
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Malawi - Scoping Project 14 
Organisation University of Malawi
Country Malawi 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (A feasibility study of using Raman Spectroscopy to detect counterfeit seeds in Malawi). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Manchester - Sarah Bridle 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Representative is a Co-I for the STFC Food Network+. Regular meetings have taken place to discuss various aspects of our activities, including impact on policy and KE activities.
Collaborator Contribution Representative is a Co-I for the STFC Food Network+. Regular meetings have taken place to discuss various aspects of our activities, including impact on policy and KE activities.
Impact This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k). Collaboration is multidisciplinary involving STFC (data science, astrophysics, and use of large scientific facilities) and AgriFood Research/Impact.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Portsmouth - Scoping Project 2 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact Funding of £8k provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project on food fraud involving a collaboration between data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Sheffield - Scoping Project 12 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Department of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Neutron Soil Moisture Probes for Regenerative Agriculture). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Southampton - Jadu Dash 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k). Collaboration is multidisciplinary involving STFC (data science, astrophysics, and use of large scientific facilities) and AgriFood Research/Impact.
Collaborator Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+ attending regular meetings and steering the focus on network activities.
Impact n/a
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Warwick - Scoping Project 20 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Department of Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The STFC Food Network has funded a pump prime project led by this organisation (around £8k) and we have provide further support to help the project engage with new partners and enhance its impact.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is currently in the process of delivering the project with support provided by our network. We maintain regular contact with the project team, and highlight new opportunities to extend their work.
Impact £8k funding provided by STFC Food Network+ to deliver a pump prime project (Food loss reduction under uncertain agricultural policy frameworks). The collaboration involves data scientists and food researchers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of York - Co-I Bob Doherty 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+, jointly attended bi-monthly meetings to discuss network matters.
Collaborator Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+ attending regular meetings and steering the focus on network activities.
Impact This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k).
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of York/N8 Agrifood - Co-I Katherine Denby 
Organisation N8 Universities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+, jointly attended b-monthly meetings to discuss network matters.
Collaborator Contribution Co-investigator on the STFC Food Network+ attending regular meetings and steering the focus on network activities.
Impact This collaboration has directly contributed to the funding of 20 pump prime projects (total value circa £160k). Collaboration is multidisciplinary involving STFC (data science, astrophysics, and use of large scientific facilities) and AgriFood Research/Impact.
Start Year 2020
 
Description STFC Food Network+ Funding Opportunities Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A virtual workshop held on a new innovative platform (LearnBrite) to highlight future funding opportunities for our network members. The event also saw the launch of the STFC Food Network+ Call for Scoping Projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description STFC Food Network+ Impact Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A virtual forum encouraging collaboration between our pump-priming projects that helps them to enhance the impact of their work. Events are attended by experts from industry and policy organisations who provide feedback on project progress and plans for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description STFC Food Network+ Regional Launch Events (Asia/Africa) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Launch events for the STFC Food Network+ (SFN) in Asia and Africa. These events focus on encouraging participation in network activities from new members, as well as giving participants an opportunity to influence the focus of SFN activities in each region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description STFC Food Network+ Virtual Sandpits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 120 people attended 3 virtual Sandpit events, producing 20 innovative pump-prime project proposals of which 3 were funded by democratic vote. 17 other projects were funded via a subsequent open call, with many of the project teams coming together at the Sandpit. Several other multidisciplinary collaborations also stemmed from initial meetings at this event, including a successful funding call (£250k from SPRINT) for a project looking at recycling food waste and turning it into nutraceutical products.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020